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Asshole Jason is dead! Long live Asshole Jason! | February 16, 2016
Today, a look back at my decade in the "emotional wilderness" otherwise known as my thirties, and an examination of the things that have recently happened in my life that have finally brought that age to an end.

He's alive! Barely. | March 28, 2010
My first update in nine months! Today, details on why that is, mostly because of a bad bicycle accident I was in last summer; and also some updates on what's been going on with me the last nine months, including my recent decision to try my hand for the first time at children's literature.

What is so far officially my favorite embarrassing old college photo yet posted by an ancient friend rediscovered at Facebook. | January 31, 2009
All right, motherfuckers; I JOINED FACEBOOK. Happy? Here, some thoughts on how strange it's been to get reacquainted with a whole series of old college friends there, in some cases for the first time in decades.

It's my birthday. I'm not exactly thrilled about it. | March 5, 2008
It's my 39th birthday today; and like most birthdays, it has me in a sober and contemplative mood, reflecting back on the last twelve months and the various things that have gone right and wrong. Click through to read about the conclusions I've made.

Jason, meet sexual tension. Sexual tension, Jason. | December 5, 2007
A recent experience with a friend reminds me of the subject of sexual tension, and of how different a thing it is based on where one is in one's life. Today, lots more thoughts on the subject, which to warn you get pretty explicit at points.

Notes from the social contract which is society. | September 29, 2007
Some extended time alone this year has had my brain thinking in new directions; including the realization of just how fragile "society" is in the first place. Today, lots more thoughts concerning the subject, and how to be both horribly depressed and surprisingly optimistic about such a situation.

Greetings from beyond the Aether. | March 15, 2007
Well, hi ho there, ladies and germs, and as always I apologize for going so long without updating this journal. (For those who don't know, by the way, I continue to update lots of other online stuff regularly, even though...

More about what's been going on with me. | April 25, 2006
A continuation of yesterday's entry, getting people caught up with what's been going on with me the last two weeks. In a nutshell: My Mac Mini finally arrived; I've started playing with Google Earth, and have become completely blown away by it; and an old high-school friend visited town, prompting some thoughts on the "teenage me" versus the current me. Read all about it today!

I'm in Rogers Park again. | March 30, 2006
Yep, my friend Jude is out of town again, which means that I'm up in Rogers Park this week, dogsitting for her. Today, some random thoughts while in the neighborhood, especially on how much it reminds of the city where I went to college. Plus: a special download for obsessive fans of "Lost," and information on a game coming this summer that might make them very excited.

That's right, I said that artistic non-profits are dying. | March 22, 2006
No, you didn't hear me wrong yesterday; I'm predicting the permanent death of almost all artistic non-profits by 20 or 30 years from now. Today, some detailed thoughts on why, and what will replace this structure in the future. Plus: I don't think that newspaper who interviewed me is going to run the article, so I might as well talk about it now; plus good news on the reader fundraiser for a new Intel Mini - $405 now raised! Only $195 to go!

Ah, cybersex! | March 7, 2006
Last week I was jokily complaining here about how no one had yet invited me to participate in cybersex, and how comically disappointed I was by this. And what do you know? One of my readers actually offered, because of that entry! I love my readers! Today, lots and lots of thoughts about what the experience was like, what I liked and disliked about it, and what the future of cybersex and my life might be. Plus: the story of my rather debaucherous birthday, which just happened last weekend.

Random notes. | March 2, 2006
Just some random notes for today, including: Why I've been out-of-sorts for the last couple of days (hint - it has to do with a federal employee and a howling dog); my birthday is this Sunday, and I still don't have any plans; an update on my quest to build a social application at Ning.com; a random thought about post-hurricane New Orleans; and dude! It's the 20th anniversary of "Blue Velvet!" DON'T FUCKING LOOK AT ME!

My surprisingly emotional weekend. | January 16, 2006
Today: a recounting of my recent trip to Hyde Park, to visit my old friends Carrie Golus and Patrick Welch, who I haven't seen for two years now, since they had their twin babies, and what a surprisingly emotional visit it turned out to be. Plus: helping my friend Kate pack up her stuff, in preparation for her move from Rogers Park to Edgewater, using our old friend "Getting Things Done." Go, GTD, go!

Look at all that new music! | January 11, 2006
Hey, hey; 600 new songs in the mail this week, mostly by bands I've never listened to before, as a belated Christmas present from an old friend. Today, initial thoughts on a whole bunch of bands I'm listening to for the first time, including Rogue Wave, Freakwater, The Hold Steady, Stereolab, Interpol, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the White Stripes, The Arcade Fire, The Postal Service, Modest Mouse, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Califone, Spoon, The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie, Young and Sexy, Beulah, Cat Power, Franz Ferdinand, Brandon Benson, Kayne West, The Go! Team, and Bloc Party. Plus: The Mayor wants a 2016 Olympics; reader feedback on my recent field report of Marshall McGearty Tobacco Lounge; alternative lyrics to "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition;" more about Heather Hamilton; and why I'm not too damn excited about all the recent mobile video announcements.

[randommedia]: Conversation with my friend Anna, karaoke night, Chicago | December 1, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a conversation with my friend Anna, while attending a karaoke night at Carol's Pub in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.

[randommedia]: Conversation with my friend Anna during a Halloween party, Uptown, Chicago | October 30, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a conversation with my friend Anna during a Halloween party, Uptown neighborhood, Chicago, concerning the scene we are currently watching of The Shining, Kubrick version.

[randommedia]: Conversation with my friend Alamar, Chicago Metra train ride to Fermilab | September 17, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a conversation with my visiting German friend Alamar, during our suburban train ride to the campus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

[randommedia]: Report from an impromptu party at my apartment, 3:30 a.m., Uptown, Chicago | September 10, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a very drunken conversation with my friend Tom, on how it is that I suddenly find myself hosting a rowdy party in my studio apartment at 3:30 in the morning, in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.

[randommedia]: Sidewalk conversation between bars, Belmont and Clark, Chicago | September 10, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a drunk conversation with friends drifting in and out, as we walk down the sidewalk at Belmont and Clark from a horrible karaoke night to a cool indie-rock dive bar.

[randommedia]: Conversation with my friend Alamar, Chicago el ride | September 10, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a conversation with my German friend Alamar during his first-ever visit to Chicago, recorded on the red-line el train.

[randommedia]: Interview with Meg Bell of the Chicago Mudqueens | August 25, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one an interview with Meg Bell, founder of the Chicago Mudqueens, a group of hot Suicide-Girl-type punk-rock women who actually do wrestle each other in the mud, then donate the proceeds to a local shelter for battered women. Recorded in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, as Meg and her friends construct a new stage for the group in Meg's backyard.

[randommedia]: "City of Destiny" report, part 5: Talk with Katherine Hodges | August 20, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 5 of 5 of my report from the "City of Destiny" literary event at Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago, organized and hosted by Katherine Hodges. Here: a talk with the woman herself, back in her apartment after the event was over, on how she thought the event itself went, and where they came up with the idea of serving mint juleps at it (with freshly-plucked mint and everything).

[randommedia]: "City of Destiny" report, part 4: Talk with my friends Kate and Joshua | August 20, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 4 of 5 of my report from the "City of Destiny" literary event at Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago, organized and hosted by Katherine Hodges. Here: a conversation with my friends Kate (a local poet) and Joshua (a local comedian), on the back couch of Quimby's after the event was over, just about nothing in particular.

[randommedia]: "City of Destiny" report, part 3: Interview with Jonathan Messinger | August 20, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 3 of 5 of my report from the "City of Destiny" literary event at Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago, organized and hosted by Katherine Hodges. Here: an interview with Jonathan Messinger, a man of many talents - a creative writer himself, and the Books editor of Time Out: Chicago, plus the host of an insanely popular literary show at the Hideout, plus the editor of a popular website as well called This Is Grand (true stories from the Chicago transit system). Whew!

[randommedia]: "City of Destiny" report, part 2: Smoke-break monologue, Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago | August 20, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 2 of 5 of my report from the "City of Destiny" literary event at Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago, organized and hosted by Katherine Hodges. Here: a monologue recorded during a smoke break at the event, about the podcasts I've been recently getting into, why I've been getting into them, and what I hope to achieve with this new podcast of my own.

[randommedia]: "City of Destiny" report, part 1: Talk with my friend Jenna, Wicker Park, Chicago | August 20, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 1 of 5 of my report from the "City of Destiny" literary event at Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago, organized and hosted by Katherine Hodges. Here: a talk with my friend Jenna, co-creator of the funny and bitter blog You Knit WHAT?!, as we traverse the streets of Wicker Park during rush hour.

[randommedia]: Conversation with my friends Tom and Lisa, on Tom's moving day | July 2, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a conversation with my friends Tom Henkey and Lisa Hemminger (former co-hosts of the weekly "Yammer" poetry event at the Southport bar Joyblue), after just spending the previous eleven hours moving all of Tom's stuff to his new apartment.

[randommedia]: Conversation with Katherine Hodges, Quimby's Bookstore, Chicago | May 5, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a conversation with my friend Katherine Hodges, a well-known figure in the world of indie literature. Recorded in front of Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago, during a literary event called "The Secret Lives of Librarians," sponsored by the American Library Association during their annual convention weekend.

[randommedia]: Interview with GapersBlock.com's Andrew Huff | April 29, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one an interview with Andrew Huff, founder and editor-in-chief of GapersBlock.com, a popular guide to Chicago hipster life. Recorded at one of the monthly Gapers Block social events, this one at Wrigleyville indie haunt Gingerman, on Clark next-door to Metro.

[randommedia]: Shappy poem, "The Soldiers Took My Babies!," Live in Chicago | April 25, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a performance by my friend Shappy of his hilarious poem "The Soldiers Took My Babies!" Recorded during his recent featured performance at the Mental Graffiti poetry slam, at the Funky Buddha, Grand and Milwaukee, Chicago.

[randommedia]: Report by my friend Shappy of Star Wars Celebration III (part 2 of 2) | April 25, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 2 of 2 of a conversation with my friend Shappy about his recent attendance of Star Wars Celebration III in Indiana. Recorded at Funky Buddha, Grand and Milwaukee, Chicago.

[randommedia]: Report by my friend Shappy of Star Wars Celebration III (part 1 of 2) | April 25, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 1 of 2 of a conversation with my friend Shappy about his recent attendance of Star Wars Celebration III in Indiana. Recorded at Funky Buddha, Grand and Milwaukee, Chicago.

[randommedia]: Meg's party, part 3 of 4: Novelist Adam | March 18, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 3 of 4 of a report from my friend Meg's party in Bucktown, Chicago. Here, a conversation with partygoer Adam, a struggling local novelist.

[randommedia]: Meg's party, part 2 of 4: Retired Israeli soldier Josh | March 18, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 2 of 4 of a report from my friend Meg's party in Bucktown, Chicago. Here, a conversation with partygoer and Meg's roommate Josh, a retired Israeli soldier, on what he's doing in Chicago and why he chose to move here in the first place.

[randommedia]: Meg's party, part 1 of 4: Bike messenger Raphael | March 18, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 1 of 4 of a report from my friend Meg's party in Bucktown, Chicago. Here, a conversation with partygoer Raphael, a bike messenger.

[randommedia]: Meg's party, part 4 of 4: Porn star Daniele | March 18, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 4 of 4 of a report from my friend Meg's party in Bucktown, Chicago. Here, a conversation with partygoer Daniele, who turns out to be an amateur porn star and honest-to-God college student.

[story] A poem for Ellen, who in a moment of weakness asked for one | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "A poem for Ellen, who in a moment of weakness asked for one," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] Eight haikus concerning the last night of 'Pow' | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Eight haikus concerning the last night of 'Pow,'" also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] For Lisa Hemminger on the occasion of her 38th birthday | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "For Lisa Hemminger on the occasion of her 38th birthday," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Five short poems inspired by Shag | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Five short poems inspired by Shag," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[book] Chicago Stories 1996 | August 4, 1996
The online table of contents for my book "Chicago Stories 1996," including direct links to HTML versions of all pieces found therein.